How To Change a File’s Default Application

Why Would I Want To Do This?

When you open or access a file on your Mac, it tries to be smart and helpful and choose what it thinks is the most appropriate program to use with that file type. In most cases the default should be okay and acceptable but sometimes you may want to associate a particular file type with a different program. One example that I ran in to was with text or .txt files where when I would double click on them they would open in TextEdit rather than my preferred application which is TextWrangler.

The process to set a new default file association isn’t difficult but it’s not really all that intuitive either so let’s show you how to do this now.

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